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For thousands of years Aboriginal people have been visiting Mooro Katta or Kaarta Gar-up, two of the many names for Mount Eliza, the highest point of Kings Park.

Nyoongar is the generic term for Indigenous people of the southwest of Western Australia. The area at the base of Kings Park, known as Goonininup, was an important ceremonial and dreaming area for Aboriginal males.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is committed to honouring the Indigenous culture associated with Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park. Further information can be found in the Authority's Reconcilation Action Plan.

Indigenous Heritage Tours

Explore the Nyoongar connections with Kings Park by taking an Indigenous Heritage Tour. Join an Aboriginal Guide to hear the Ancient Dreamtime story and discover unique West Australian plants useful for bush food and medicine.

Indigenous art

The Aboriginal Art Gallery is a retail outlet below the Kaarta Gar-up lookout on the city side of Fraser Avenue in Kings Park. The gallery exhibits the works of Aboriginal artists from Western Australia and the Northern Territory and can provide further information on Indigenous culture and tourism services.

Meeting place

Nestled in the heart of the State Botanic Garden, is the stone amphitheatre Beedawong; meaning 'celebration' or 'meeting place'. A tiered performance area, Beedawong was designed by Nyoongar artist Richard Walley and landscape architects Plan E. It is used as a venue for ongoing Nyoongar cultural activities including storytelling, dance performances and quiet reflection. It is also a popular location for Kings Park Festival activities in September. It is an ideal location for weddings, community groups and film and photography.

Aboriginal dancer at Kaarta garupBoodja Gnarning Walk

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is home to a diverse range of flora and landscapes, all of which were understood and used for survival by the native Aboriginal people of the South-West, the Nyoongar people. The Boodja Gnarning Walk captures some of this knowledge and explores Nyoongar use of the land. Interpretive signage panels provide information and artworks from the Nyoongar people for visitors to follow while experiencing a selection of Kings Park’s significant attractions.

Education programs

Kings Park Education celebrates the Park’s Indigenous connection through a selection of exciting, curriculum based school programs. 'Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot' (K-2) follows the story of an Aboriginal boy and his cheeky friend and is the perfect introduction for young children to basic Nyoongar language and activities.

The history of Kings Park, including its Indigenous heritage, is highlighted in 'From Firesticks to Fireworks' (Y3 – 7). The Nyoongar Boodja series are special school events held each term to acknowledge the six seasons of the Nyoongar calendar.

Brochure

The 'Aboriginal Life' brochure provides more information about Nyoongar history, including the dreamtime, six Nyoongar seasons and map of significant locations in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. It is available from the Visitor Information Centre or downloadable from the brochures section.

Audio resources

You can listen by clicking the play button below or download the file to your mp3 player. 

ABC radio interview with Dr Richard Walley

Download interview audio file (5 MB)
Read transcript summary

Traditional didgeridoo music, performed by Dr Richard Walley

Download traditional music (4 MB)